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How To Mess Up A Race

Ultras don’t always go as planned; in feet, they seldom go as planned. Overcoming the unexpected hurdles during an ultra is half the fun and a lion’s share of the satisfaction. Like they say, if it was easy,...

Iron Deficiency in Ultrarunners

Ultrarunners are at risk for developing mild to serious iron deficiency. This deficiency can be a direct result of our hard training (sometimes along with other factors) and it can occur even without anemia. Low iron lev...

Goals

Whether we prefer the trails, the roads, or even the track, there are more common characteristics than differences between ultrarunners. One of those common features is that ultramarathons seem to hold a special appeal f...

Mud, Sweat and Tears by Moire O'Sullivan, reviewed

In July 2008, Moire O’Sullivan made a solo attempt on the Wicklow Round, a grueling endurance run spanning 100 kilometers over 26 of Ireland’s remotest mountain peaks. After 22 hours, she collapsed, just two summits f...

What Are YOU Willing To Do?

I was limping around the course at less than 30 minutes a mile in the middle of the night on day three. My body beyond tired, legs aching and mind filled with fog and sleep. The blister on my right foot screamed a sharp...

Baseball vs. Football, Trail vs. Road

I was at the Enviro-Sports Napa Valley Trail Marathon one rainy day as Dave Horning, the colorful race director, got into his usual hilarious pre-race talk. “If you were looking for the Napa Valley Road Marathon, y...

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August 2013

Pam Smith has her sights set on Auburn, where she will become the women's winner of the 40th Western States 100. Photo: Luis Escobar